TRS 2: Christian Traditions and Transformations TRS2002

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores Christian theology in its historical and cultural context and continuing relevance. The course will examine the factors and contexts that have shaped and continue to shape Christianity, including its central characters, key developmental phases, ongoing tensions, and the contemporary proliferation of varieties of theological reflection.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 11am (lecture/seminar varied) over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

A grade D3 or above in any Level 1 TRS option or at the discretion of the Head of Theology and Religious studies.

Recommended: TRS1007: The God Question: Exploring Christianity 

Excluded Courses



Essay (1,500 words) - 50%

learning journal (600 words)- 10%

2 further learning journals from a choice of 3 (600 words each) - 20% each

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the complex and pluriform story of Christianity and the diverse theologies that have emerged in different historical and cultural contexts

■ explore in depth some specialised topics in Christian theology and Church history

■ develop the necessary skills to engage with primary and secondary sources, recognise theological methodologies and conduct theological inquiry.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ write accurately, analytically and evaluatively about the aspects of Christian theology and Church History covered in the course

■ communicate a knowledge and understanding of the development of key concepts in Christian theology and how these form a living tradition which is responsive to historical and cultural change

■ discuss the contribution of key thinkers and significant phases in the history of Christianity

■ apply knowledge gained in the course to reflect on the nature of contemporary varieties of Christian theology

■ interpret primary sources relating to the expression of Christian theological beliefs in different contexts.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.